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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 271st Largest Manufacturing Sector: 299th Largest Retail Industry: 389th
The Social Darwinist Imperium of
Corporate Police State
What Crota began, I complete. My will... conquers all!
Oryx the Taken King
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Ascendant Hive

Population3.298 billion

CapitalAscendant Dreadnaught
LeaderOryx the Taken King
Faiththe Sword-Logic

CurrencyAscendant Rune
AnimalAscendant Worm

The Social Darwinist Imperium of The Ascendant Hive is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Oryx the Taken King with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, flagrant waste-dumping, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.298 billion Ascendant Spawn are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Education, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ascendant Dreadnaught. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 50.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Ascendant Brood economy, worth a remarkable 1,354 trillion Ascendant Runes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 410,767 Ascendant Runes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,721,107 per year while the poor average 63,806, a ratio of 27.0 to 1.

Maintaining economic growth is no laughing matter, the Department of Health is snowed under by requests for crisper ciabatta and tenderer tagliatelle, the government terminates employment with extreme prejudice, and robotic spouses prove to be just as imperfect as flesh and blood ones. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. The Ascendant Hive's national animal is the Ascendant Worm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is the Sword-Logic.

The Ascendant Hive is ranked 967th in the world and 7th in Forest for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 71.11 Whatever.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 271stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 299thLargest Retail Industry: 389thLargest Insurance Industry: 403rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 417thHighest Average Incomes: 462ndMost Avoided: 478thMost Corrupt Governments: 481stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 497thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 547thMost Scientifically Advanced: 646thFattest Citizens: 675thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 683rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 796thLargest Mining Sector: 814thMost Devout: 874thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 896thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 966thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 967thLargest Black Market: 997thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,317thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,451stTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,744thLargest Governments: 3,394thNudest: 4,312thRudest Citizens: 4,588thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,662ndLowest Crime Rates: 6,697thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,355thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,440thSmartest Citizens: 7,504thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 8,529thHighest Economic Output: 8,874thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,236thMost Conservative: 12,833rdMost Extreme: 16,097th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionMost Devout: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 19th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 19th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 26th in the regionNudest: 30th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 36th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 39th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, robotic spouses prove to be just as imperfect as flesh and blood ones.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the government terminates employment with extreme prejudice.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the Department of Health is snowed under by requests for crisper ciabatta and tenderer tagliatelle.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, maintaining economic growth is no laughing matter.
  • : The Ascendant Hive was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, movement-triggered sensors mean that for every door that closes another one opens.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, to 'cut off family ties' is no longer just a phrase.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the government has the power to seize property at will.

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